Roast Chicken and Veggies

Lemon juice adds a tangy flavor to this chicken recipe. Remove skin before serving to reduce fat and calories.

Roast Chicken and Veggies
Servings: 4 Prep 15 mins Roast 400°F 1 hr 10 mins


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 whole chicken (about 3-1/4 pounds)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces baby potatoes, quartered
  • 1 pound asparagus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch lengths
  • 3 leeks, cleaned and sliced

Make It

1. Heat oven to 400 degree F.

2. Grate lemon peel and set zest aside; cut lemon into quarters. Separate skin from breasts of chicken. Under skin, spread lemon zest, garlic and two of the tarragon sprigs. Season outside and cavity of chicken with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the pepper. Place lemon quarters and remaining 4 tarragon sprigs in cavity. Place chicken in center of a large roasting pan. Roast on lower shelf at 400 degree F for 30 minutes.

3. Toss potatoes, 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper in a medium-size bowl. Coat second large roasting pan with nonstick spray; add potatoes. After chicken has roasted for 30 minutes, add potatoes to top shelf; roast both 15 minutes longer.

4. Combine asparagus, leeks, remaining 1 teaspoon oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a medium-size bowl; toss to coat.

5. After potatoes have roasted for 15 minutes, add asparagus mixture to pan; roast chicken and vegetables 25 minutes longer, stirring once. Chicken is done when internal temperature measures 165 degree F on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thigh meat.

6. Let rest 10 minutes before carving. Remove and discard skin before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 4; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 404, Fat, total (g): 13, chol. (mg): 117, sat. fat (g): 3, carb. (g): 28, fiber (g): 5, pro. (g): 45, sodium (mg): 708, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.